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Error correction practices of Polish and American teachers. (Linguistics).

1. Introduction

If a layperson lay·per·son  
A layman or a laywoman.

Noun 1. layperson - someone who is not a clergyman or a professional person
layman, secular
 were to be asked to enumerate To count or list one by one. For example, an enumerated data type defines a list of all possible values for a variable, and no other value can then be placed into it. See device enumeration and ENUM.  the most distinguishing features of interaction in the foreign language classroom, he would probably insist on placing the provision of corrective cor·rec·tive
Counteracting or modifying what is malfunctioning, undesirable, or injurious.

An agent that corrects.

 feedback at the top of his list alongside direct instruction, teachers' questions, directives and explanations. The place of error correction in instructed second language acquisition is a highly controversial issue, however, and the attitude to errors committed by learners has undergone considerable modifications in the last few decades.

At the time when audioligualism was in its heyday hey·day  
The period of greatest popularity, success, or power; prime.

[Perhaps alteration of heyda, exclamation of pleasure, probably alteration of Middle English hey, hey.
, teachers, educators and researchers went to great lengths to prevent learners from making mistakes as it was believed that otherwise erroneous erroneous adj. 1) in error, wrong. 2) not according to established law, particularly in a legal decision or court ruling.  habits would be formed and a lot of time would have to be spent attempting to eradicate Eradicate
To completely do away with something, eliminate it, end its existence.

Mentioned in: Smallpox
 them. (1) Since, at that time, errors were generally considered to be the outcome of learners' mother tongue mother tongue
1. One's native language.

2. A parent language.

mother tongue

the language first learned by a child

Noun 1.
 interference, Contrastive Analysis Contrastive analysis is the systematic study of a pair of languages with a view to identifying their structural differences and similarities. Historically it has been used to establish language genealogies.  was employed to pinpoint the similarities and differences between pairs of languages and, thus, help teachers predict and focus on areas of potential difficulty. The situation changed dramatically with the advent of Error Analysis thanks to which it was discovered that the majority of errors made by second language learners were intralingual in·tra·lin·gual  
Relating to a single language.
 in origin rather than related to first language interference (cf. Ellis 1985), as well as the development of interlanguage in·ter·lan·guage  
1. The type of language produced by nonnative speakers in the process of learning a second language or foreign language.

2. A lingua franca.

Noun 1.
 theory with its claim that learner language was a system in its own right and that second language acquisition was the result of th e process of hypothesis formation and testing (cf. Corder 1967; Selinker 1972). Such views cast doubt on the notion of error itself as inaccuracies in learners' linguistic production could be interpreted as indispensable for language development, and it could be claimed that although some forms in their output did deviate from the native-speaker norm, learners still behaved grammatically gram·mat·i·cal  
1. Of or relating to grammar.

2. Conforming to the rules of grammar: a grammatical sentence.
 in the sense that they drew on the rules they had internalized. The changing views on the nature of language development soon brought about significant modifications in second language pedagogy, which is best exemplified by the appearance of communicative language teaching Communicative Language Teaching (CLT) is an approach to the teaching of second and foreign languages that emphasizes interaction as both the means and the ultimate goal of learning a language.  with its focus on meaning and fluency flu·ent  
a. Able to express oneself readily and effortlessly: a fluent speaker; fluent in three languages.

 rather than form and accuracy. Consequently, correcting learners' errors began to be looked upon with suspicion and some researchers went as far as claiming that it might even be detrimental det·ri·men·tal  
Causing damage or harm; injurious.


However, as is the case with such controversial issues concerning language instruction as teaching the formal aspects of the language code or using the students' mother tongue in the classroom, adopting extreme positions of the kind discussed above does not appear to contribute anything of substance to second language pedagogy. Quite a few researchers currently agree that communicative language teaching in its pure form may not be sufficient for the development of full-fledged communicative competence Communicative competence is a linguistic term which refers to a learner's L2 ability. It not only refers to a learner's ability to apply and use grammatical rules, but also to form correct utterances, and know how to use these utterances appropriately.  in the target language and argue that, ideally, second language classrooms should create opportunities for students to participate in both meaning- and form-focused instruction (cf. van Lier Spelling variations of this family name include: Lier, Liere, Lierr, Lierre, Liers, Lieres, Lierrs, Lierres, de Lier, van Lier and many more.

First found in Holland, where the name became noted for its many branches in the region, each house acquiring a status and influence which
 1991; Ellis 1992; Johnson 1996). If such a line of reasoning Noun 1. line of reasoning - a course of reasoning aimed at demonstrating a truth or falsehood; the methodical process of logical reasoning; "I can't follow your line of reasoning"
logical argument, argumentation, argument, line
 is adopted, skillful skill·ful  
1. Possessing or exercising skill; expert. See Synonyms at proficient.

2. Characterized by, exhibiting, or requiring skill.
 and timely provision of corrective feedback can be viewed as an important tool assisting learners in testing their hypotheses about the target language and, thus, moving along the interlanguage continuum. It also becomes fully warranted to inve stigate the nature of teachers' error correction practices, the impact of these practices on students' output and, most importantly Adv. 1. most importantly - above and beyond all other consideration; "above all, you must be independent"
above all, most especially
, their contribution to the development of target language proficiency Language proficiency or linguistic proficiency is the ability of an individual to speak or perform in an acquired language. As theories vary among pedagogues as to what constitutes proficiency[1], there is little consistency as to how different organisations .

This paper attempts to build on the reasoning presented above by discussing the influence of such variables as teachers' linguistic background and teaching experience on the provision of corrective feedback as well as assessing the potential effect of that feedback on the development of the students' communicative competence in the foreign language context.

2. Some relevant theoretical issues and research findings

In any communicative com·mu·ni·ca·tive  
1. Inclined to communicate readily; talkative.

2. Of or relating to communication.

 exchange speakers derive from their interlocutors information on the reception and comprehension of their messages which is generally referred to as feedback or negative evidence. While in naturalistic nat·u·ral·is·tic  
1. Imitating or producing the effect or appearance of nature.

2. Of or in accordance with the doctrines of naturalism.
 contexts feedback is the outcome of negotiation between speakers and listeners, in the classroom it is mainly provided by the teacher as a result of his superior knowledge as well as the communicative asymmetry Asymmetry

A lack of equivalence between two things, such as the unequal tax treatment of interest expense and dividend payments.
 inherent in any instructional setting.

As can be seen from Figure 1, negative evidence in second language acquisition can be either preemptive pre·emp·tive or pre-emp·tive  
1. Of, relating to, or characteristic of preemption.

2. Having or granted by the right of preemption.

, where the teacher provides students with some kind of formal instruction before an error occurs, or reactive, which involves informing the student that his utterance ut·ter·ance 1  
a. The act of uttering; vocal expression.

b. The power of speaking; speech: as long as I have utterance.

 has not been comprehended or is faulty in some way. One course of action that the listener can take when providing reactive negative feedback is to implicitly indicate the trouble source and, thus, initiate a repair sequence. This can be accomplished by means of recasting re·cast  
tr.v. re·cast, re·cast·ing, re·casts
1. To mold again: recast a bell.

 (i.e. repeating the speaker's original utterance simultaneously providing the correct form) as well as repetitions, confirmation checks and clarification requests, which are not included in the above model, but are extremely important in that they might lead to negotiation of form and meaning and, similarly to recasts, enable the learner to "notice the gap" in their linguistic knowledge (cf Schmidt and Frota 1986; Schmidt 1990, 1992). The provision of implicit negative eviden ce can further result in the speaker modifying his original utterance or the occurrence of a communication breakdown. The focus of the study reported in this paper, however, will mostly be on situations in which the listener overtly corrects some aspect of the learner's output, or, to put it differently, on "a reactive second move of an adjacency pair to a first speaker's or writer's utterance by someone who has made the judgement that all or part of the utterance is linguistically or factually wrong" (James 1998: 236-7).

As has already been pointed out, there is no general consensus among researchers as to the value of overt Public; open; manifest.

The term overt is used in Criminal Law in reference to conduct that moves more directly toward the commission of an offense than do acts of planning and preparation that may ultimately lead to such conduct.

OVERT. Open.
 error correction in second language acquisition. The adherents of communicative and natural approaches to language teaching claim that providing learners with explicit negative evidence is, at best, ineffectual and, at worst, can constitute an obstacle to second language development. Krashen (1982), for instance, argues that error correction puts learners on the defensive and, as a result, they tend to avoid using difficult structures and focus on form rather than on meaning, all of which is detrimental to acquisition. He concludes that "even under the best of conditions, with the most learning-oriented students, teacher corrections will not produce results that will live up to the expectations of many instructors" (1982: 119). Another argument against the usefulness of negative feedback comes from studies into first language acquisition which suggest that caretakers usually emphasize factual content and effectiveness over form in interactions with children acquiring their mother tongue (Allwright and Bailey 1991: 86). Similarly, research into repair in native language conversations has shown a strong preference for self-initiated self-completed repair among speakers of English as well as a virtual lack of other-initiated other-completed repair (cf. Schegloff et al. 1977; Gaskill 1980). (2) Finally, many researchers believe that in acquiring a second language learners pass through a number of developmental stages and, therefore, error treatment involving grammatical gram·mat·i·cal  
1. Of or relating to grammar.

2. Conforming to the rules of grammar: a grammatical sentence.
 structures which are not part of the students' interlanguage is bound to be ineffective (cf. Corder 1967; Pienemann 1984, 1989).

Although they acknowledge the dangers connected with excessive correction in the language classroom, other researchers point out that providing learners with explicit negative evidence can sometimes play an important role in the process of instructed second language acquisition. It has been argued, for example, that since learners' output serves as input for both the speaker and other students, lack of negative evidence in the form of corrective feedback can serve as an affirmation A solemn and formal declaration of the truth of a statement, such as an Affidavit or the actual or prospective testimony of a witness or a party that takes the place of an oath. An affirmation is also used when a person cannot take an oath because of religious convictions.  of their incorrect hypotheses about the rules for generating the target language (cf. Schachter 1988). Another argument in favor of error correction is provided by White (1987, 1991), who claims that some grammatical contrasts between the first and second language are unlearnable from positive evidence alone and, therefore, both preemptive and reactive negative evidence is sometimes indispensable to further acquisition (cf. Long and Robinson 1998). Some researchers also point out that bringing errors to the learners' attention help s learning as it contributes to the process of consciousness-raising, which has been hypothesized to play an important role in second language acquisition (cf. Edmondson 1985; Lightbown and Spada 1990; Lightbown 1992; Sharwood-Smith 1980, 1991,1993). They claim that an interpretation of communicative language teaching that excludes form-focused activities and error correction may in fact make it difficult for learners to obtain quality input and, as research into French immersion French immersion is a form of bilingual education in which a child who does not speak French as his or her first language receives instruction in school in French. Jurisdictions offering it
 programs has shown (Harley and Swain 1978; Swain 1985, 1989), does not necessarily lead to grammatical accuracy. As Lightbown and Spada (1990: 443) put it: "accuracy, fluency and overall communicative skills are probably best developed through instruction that is primarily meaning-based but in which guidance is provided through timely form-focused activities and correction in context".

The two divergent di·ver·gent  
1. Drawing apart from a common point; diverging.

2. Departing from convention.

3. Differing from another: a divergent opinion.

 theoretical positions have brought about a number of studies investigating the effect of error correction on second language development, but, as is the case with many other facets of classroom interaction, the findings of this research are mixed and inconclusive INCONCLUSIVE. What does not put an end to a thing. Inconclusive presumptions are those which may be overcome by opposing proof; for example, the law presumes that he who possesses personal property is the owner of it, but evidence is allowed to contradict this presumption, and show who is . One of the studies that failed to find a positive relationship was conducted by Chaudron (1986) who reported that only 39 per cent of errors treated by the teacher in French immersion classes were eliminated in the next student utterance. Similar results were obtained by Brock brock  
n. Chiefly British
A badger.

[Middle English brok, from Old English broc, of Celtic origin.]
, Crookes, Day and Long (1986) who admitted, however, that the absence of observable ob·serv·a·ble  
1. Possible to observe: observable phenomena; an observable change in demeanor. See Synonyms at noticeable.

 effects of corrective feedback in the short term does not mean that they do not exist over time as "a learner may require a certain amount of time to make use of negative input, and in the interim will continue to operate with old, as-yet-unmodified hypotheses" (1986: 235-36). On the other hand, Ramirez and Stromquist (1979) found a positive correlation Noun 1. positive correlation - a correlation in which large values of one variable are associated with large values of the other and small with small; the correlation coefficient is between 0 and +1
direct correlation
 between the correction of grammatical errors and general gains in linguistic proficiency pro·fi·cien·cy  
n. pl. pro·fi·cien·cies
The state or quality of being proficient; competence.

Noun 1. proficiency - the quality of having great facility and competence
, but this study did not investigate the relationship between the correction of specific errors and the subsequent elimination of these errors in the learners' interlanguages. Limited support for the role of corrective feedback is also provided by Carroll, Roberge and Swain (1992) who observed that corrective feedback helped learners memorize mem·o·rize  
tr.v. mem·o·rized, mem·o·riz·ing, mem·o·riz·es
1. To commit to memory; learn by heart.

2. Computer Science To store in memory:
 those individual words on which treatment was administered, but failed to assist them in restructuring their grammars and generalizing the corrections to novel forms. Finally, Lightbown (1992) compared the effects of immediate corrective feedback in communicative and practice activities, and found that although learners were able to self-correct in both conditions, it was only in the former case that the self-corrections became intake, as evidenced by the use of the targeted forms outside the classroom. (3)

Apart from attempting to determine the role of explicit negative evidence in second language development, researchers have also thoroughly examined the decisions teachers have to make when they react to learners' oral errors. As Figure 2 illustrates, error treatment is an extremely complex process and requires a number of quick choices that the teacher has to make before he comes up with a reactive move to the student's erroneous response. First, the error has to be noticed, which is particularly relevant in the case of non-native teachers whose target language competence may be lacking in some respects. If an error is in fact noticed, it has to be decided whether or not it should be subject to some kind of treatment. As research suggests (Nystrom 1983; Chaudron 1986), there is considerable variation among teachers with regard to the extent to which they provide explicit negative evidence as well as the types of errors they are most likely to correct. Depending on the theoretical approach they favor as well a s their teaching styles, some teachers tend to correct any utterance that deviates from the target language norm, whereas others choose to ignore linguistic inaccuracies and focus exclusively on content errors. In addition, it has been found that discourse, content and lexical lex·i·cal  
1. Of or relating to the vocabulary, words, or morphemes of a language.

2. Of or relating to lexicography or a lexicon.

[lexic(on) + -al1.
 errors generally receive more attention than phonological pho·nol·o·gy  
n. pl. pho·nol·o·gies
1. The study of speech sounds in language or a language with reference to their distribution and patterning and to tacit rules governing pronunciation.

 and grammatical ones. As Long (1977) points out, however, teachers are extremely inconsistent when it comes to providing feedback since they correct errors committed by some students and not by others, or those produced in one part of a lesson but not in another. It has also been suggested that, at times, teachers in fact induce errors on the part of the learners through forming their questions or explanations in a particular way (cf. Edmondson 1986).

Having decided to treat a particular error, the teacher may choose to deal with it immediately, delay the treatment until the learner finishes delivering the message he is trying to convey, or postpone post·pone  
tr.v. post·poned, post·pon·ing, post·pones
1. To delay until a future time; put off. See Synonyms at defer1.

2. To place after in importance; subordinate.
 the provision of negative feedback for a longer period of time. It has been argued that immediate error correction is disruptive and provides negative affective affective /af·fec·tive/ (ah-fek´tiv) pertaining to affect.

1. Concerned with or arousing feelings or emotions; emotional.

 feedback, which can make learners reluctant to speak. (4) On the other hand, however, there is a danger that feedback provided a considerable amount of time after the occurrence of the deviant deviant /de·vi·ant/ (de´ve-int)
1. varying from a determinable standard.

2. a person with characteristics varying from what is considered standard or normal.

 form in the learners' output can be less effective (cf Long 1977). No matter when the treatment takes place, the teacher also has to decide how to react to the given error. He might, for instance, rephrase re·phrase  
tr.v. re·phrased, re·phras·ing, re·phras·es
To phrase again, especially to state in a new, clearer, or different way.
 the incorrect response or use repetitions in order to inform the learner that an error has been committed, as well as to provide him with some information on its location and identity. Research has shown that teachers often give more than one type of feedback si multaneously, that many of their reactive moves go unnoticed by the students, and that the same reaction can be used for different purposes (cf Long 1977). This state of affairs is best summarized by Nystrom who writes: "the fact remains that each interactive situation is quite complex, and teachers typically are unable to sort through the feedback options available to them and arrive at the most appropriate response" (1983: 170). (5)

The final decision that the teacher has to take pertains to who should perform the correction and has been of particular interest to researchers. Since it is only the learners who are actually capable of making permanent changes to their interlanguage systems, it has been generally assumed that self-correction is the most beneficial way of repairing communication breakdowns. Researchers have found (e.g., van Lier 1988) that, in contrast to general conversation, where self-initiated self-repair is prevalent, the second language classroom is usually characterized by a predominance pre·dom·i·nance   also pre·dom·i·nan·cy
The state or quality of being predominant; preponderance.

Noun 1. predominance - the state of being predominant over others
predomination, prepotency
 of repair initiated and completed by the teacher. This does not mean, however, that other types of repair cannot occur as the type of explicit negative evidence in an instructional setting can be conditioned by the context jointly created by the teacher and the learners, as well as the individual preferences of the teacher and the pedagogic ped·a·gog·ic   also ped·a·gog·i·cal
1. Of, relating to, or characteristic of pedagogy.

2. Characterized by pedantic formality: a haughty, pedagogic manner.
 purpose of a given task. Kasper (1986) reports, for instance, that in the language oriented o·ri·ent  
1. Orient The countries of Asia, especially of eastern Asia.

a. The luster characteristic of a pearl of high quality.

b. A pearl having exceptional luster.

 pha se of an English lesson in Grade 10 of a Danish gymnasium gymnasium

In Germany, a state-maintained secondary school that prepares pupils for higher academic education. This type of nine-year school originated in Strasbourg in 1537.
, troublesources were identified by the teacher but the repair work was done either by the learner who committed the mistake or by one of his peers. In the contentcentered phase of the same lesson, on the other hand, there were many cases of self-initiated self-completed repair and there was a tendency to avoid interruption of the ongoing discourse.

To make matters even more complicated, the incidence and character of error treatment also depend on whether the teacher is a native speaker of the target language. The general finding has been that native speakers are much more tolerant of errors than non-native speaking teachers (Hughes and Lascaratou 1982; Davies 1983; Sheorey 1986). This situation may be due to the fact that, while the former are more concerned with the effect of a given error on comprehensibility, the latter are usually more influenced by their ideas of what constitutes the rules of the target language (Hughes and Lascaratou 1982). (6) The corollary corollary: see theorem.  of these disparate approaches is that native speakers tend to judge lexical errors as more serious than grammatical ones and have been found to correct global grammatical errors as more likely to interfere with comprehension than local ones (Tomiyana 1980; Khalil 1985). (7) In contrast, non-native speakers are much more likely to provide corrective feedback on morphological mor·phol·o·gy  
n. pl. mor·phol·o·gies
a. The branch of biology that deals with the form and structure of organisms without consideration of function.

 and functor functor - In category theory, a functor F is an operator on types. F is also considered to be a polymorphic operator on functions with the type

F : (a -> b) -> (F a -> F b).

Functors are a generalisation of the function "map".
 errors , and, at the same time, attach relatively little importance to errors affecting overall sentence organization as well as those involving the inappropriate use of lexical items The lexical items in a language are both the single words (vocabulary) and sets of words organized into groups, units or "chunks". Some examples of lexical items from English are "cat", "traffic light", "take care of", "by the way", and " .

As can be seen from the above overview, error correction in the language classroom is an extremely complex process and no recommendations can be made with absolute certainty. What the studies reported above seem to suggest, however, is that focus on form through explicit negative evidence has an important role to play in second language development, and that its provision will be more effective if the teacher bases his decisions regarding correction on a careful analysis of the teaching context. Some principles aimed at making this decision-making process more efficient are proposed by McPherson (1992) who investigated error correction from the perspective of the leamer. She argues that teachers should use correction methods which are compatible with the leamers' current language proficiency, encourage purposeful pur·pose·ful  
1. Having a purpose; intentional: a purposeful musician.

2. Having or manifesting purpose; determined: entered the room with a purposeful look.
 learner involvement by allowing opportunities to self-correct or analyze the errors, and provide corrective information or clarification in a positive manner. Presumably pre·sum·a·ble  
That can be presumed or taken for granted; reasonable as a supposition: presumable causes of the disaster.
, it is by following these gui delines that negative feedback can facilitate rather than hinder hin·der 1  
v. hin·dered, hin·der·ing, hin·ders
1. To be or get in the way of.

2. To obstruct or delay the progress of.

 language learning.

In the study to be reported to be spoken of; to be mentioned, whether favorably or unfavorably.

See also: Report
 in the following pages we will follow Chaudron (1986: 67) in defining errors as linguistic forms linguistic form
A meaningful unit of language, such as an affix, a word, a phrase, or a sentence.
 or contents that differ from native speaker norms or facts as well as any other behavior signaled by the teacher as needing improvement. When investigating errors occurring during lessons analyzed an·a·lyze  
tr.v. an·a·lyzed, an·a·lyz·ing, an·a·lyz·es
1. To examine methodically by separating into parts and studying their interrelations.

2. Chemistry To make a chemical analysis of.

 for the purposes of this research project, we will adopt a simple taxonomy taxonomy: see classification.

In biology, the classification of organisms into a hierarchy of groupings, from the general to the particular, that reflect evolutionary and usually morphological relationships: kingdom, phylum, class, order,
 broadly distinguishing between content, discourse, grammatical, lexical and phonological errors, which was also used by Chaudron (1986) in his study.

3 Subjects, data collection procedures and methods of analysis

The investigation of repair presented in this paper was part of a large-scale research project designed to explore interactive processes during regularly scheduled lessons conducted by ten Polish and ten American teachers in secondary schools across the country. The study being of a descriptive-exploratory nature, there were no specific criteria on the basis of which schools were selected for data collection and the only two factors that were taken into account were the presence of American teachers as well as their and their Polish counterparts' willingness to participate in the project. All of the American teachers were Peace Corps volunteers whose teaching experience varied from 6 months to 3 years (for 8 of them it was less than 2 years) and most of whom had only completed a three-month Pre-Service Training in TEFL TEFL
teaching English as a foreign language

TEFL Teaching of English as a Foreign Language

TEFL n abbr
 Methodology, described by one of them as "swift and of little help". (8) Despite the communicative focus of the training, only two volunteers reported close adherence to that teaching method, w hile another four stated that they subscribed to the communicative approach "loosely", "whenever possible" or that they "did not strictly follow that method". The remaining four volunteers claimed that they used a variety of teaching methods depending on the class they taught, and one of them even characterized herself as an adherent adherent /ad·her·ent/ (-ent) sticking or holding fast, or having such qualities.  of the Total Physical Response Method. As for the Polish participants, with one exception all of them were frilly frill  
1. A ruffled, gathered, or pleated border or projection, such as a fabric edge used to trim clothing or a curled paper strip for decorating the end of the bone of a piece of meat.

 qualified teachers with university degrees in English and teaching experience at the secondary school level varying from 2 to 20 years. Since only two of them had taught English for less than five years prior to the experiment, the group as a whole can safely be described as having considerable teaching experience, which contrasts sharply with the Peace Corps volunteers participating in the project. (9) As regards their methodological preferences, 6 Polish participants stated that they did not adhere to adhere to
verb 1. follow, keep, maintain, respect, observe, be true, fulfil, obey, heed, keep to, abide by, be loyal, mind, be constant, be faithful

 any particular teaching method and the other four reported using "a mixture of many approaches", and admitted that the choices they made depended on class level and many other factors.

A total of 842 students participated in the lessons recorded for the purposes of this project. At the outset, it was the intention of the researcher to focus exclusively on third grade students in order to make comparisons more reliable, but it proved to be unfeasible due to the reluctance of many Polish teachers to participate in the project as well as the fact that in many schools both Polish and American teachers did not have classes at this level. Consequently, it was decided not to exclude any level from the study and, in retrospect, this decision appears to have been fully justified as it soon turned out that the students' level of target language development had little to do with class level and most of the classes observed could aptly be described as mixed-ability groups.

Two instruments of data collection were used for the purposes of this study with an eye to getting multiple perspectives of the phenomenon under investigation and thus examining it in a comprehensive and objective manner. They included audio recordings of regularly scheduled lessons and questionnaires distributed among both the teachers and some of their students. The choice of the instruments as well as their relatively unobtrusive application were intended to minimize intervention in classroom proceedings, and thereby capture interactive processes as they naturally occurred in the classroom. Such an approach reflects the belief on the part of the researcher that "experimental research coupled with statistical tests of significance have so far failed in making progress" (van Lier 1988: 3), and that it is ethnography ethnography: see anthropology; ethnology.

Descriptive study of a particular human society. Contemporary ethnography is based almost entirely on fieldwork.
, with its focus on a thorough description of the investigated phenomena, that is most appropriate for conducting classroom-oriented research.

The audio recordings were made in different secondary schools across the country and they comprised three complete lessons conducted by each of the twenty participating teachers. Prior to each lesson to be taped, the teachers were told that regular classroom proceedings were of interest to the researcher and that they should not abandon their original lesson plan because of the recording. The students knew that they were being recorded, but to reduce anxiety and reactivity, they were not required to hold a microphone or to deliberately speak in its direction. In order to get more reliable and accurate transcripts of classroom interaction, and to minimize the possibility of technical failures, two dicta-phones equipped with condenser microphones Noun 1. condenser microphone - microphone consisting of a capacitor with one plate fixed and the other forming the diaphragm moved by sound waves
capacitor microphone

microphone, mike - device for converting sound waves into electrical energy
 were placed in two different locations in the classroom where a particular lesson was taking place.

As for the questionnaires, they were distributed among the teachers and some of the students participating in the study. (10) It was hoped that this introspective in·tro·spect  
intr.v. in·tro·spect·ed, in·tro·spect·ing, in·tro·spects
To engage in introspection.

[Latin intr
 method of data collection would provide the researcher with information about phenomena that might not be directly observable in the classroom and, at the same time, enable him to evaluate the extent to which the data gathered by means of audio recordings reflected the teachers' regular classroom practices. Approximately half of the questions in the questionnaire administered to the teachers were open-ended, which was based on a conviction that they were qualified enough to make relevant observations concerning their classroom practices as well as their students' performance without being prompted. Despite some problems with getting the respondents In the context of marketing research, a representative sample drawn from a larger population of people from whom information is collected and used to develop or confirm marketing strategy.  to return the questionnaires in time and the consequent necessity to contact some of them several times, all the teacher questionnaires were eventually collected thus making comparisons easier. Although t he focus was similar, the student questionnaires differed from those handed out to the teachers in that they mostly consisted of highly specific questions with a limited set of answers so as to avoid confusion on the part of the respondents and, thus, reduce the incidence of irrelevant responses. A total of 622 questionnaires were distributed among students out of which 547 were eventually returned thus putting the return rate at 88%.

The sixty lessons recorded for the purposes of this study were later transcribed and, together with the questionnaires, served as a basis for further analysis, which took the form of a combination of the qualitative and quantitative approaches in accordance with the recently widely held view that "we cannot limit observation to what can be measured without ignoring most of the areas that teachers and learners are interested in [and that] it is much more important to break down our questions into those parts for which objective and measurable categories are appropriate, and those for which such categories cannot be neatly devised" (Brumfit and Mitchell 1990: 13). (11) Quantitative analysis Quantitative Analysis

A security analysis that uses financial information derived from company annual reports and income statements to evaluate an investment decision.

 was conducted by counting the total number of errors committed by students during a given lesson and the total number of corrections made by the teacher. (12) The corrections were also coded separately depending on the type of error using Chaudron's (1986) taxonomy as a point of reference. (13) The instances of corrective fe edback were also counted with regard to the source of repair initiation and execution, and therefore the numbers of other-initiated other-completed, other-initiated self-completed and self-initiated other-completed instances of repair were also counted. In all these cases, quantitative analysis was conducted by means of simple numerical statistics, which appears to be quite adequate for the purposes of a descriptive-exploratory study, where no specific hypotheses are to be tested. Qualitative analysis Qualitative Analysis

Securities analysis that uses subjective judgment based on nonquantifiable information, such as management expertise, industry cycles, strength of research and development, and labor relations.
 involved describing the factors determining the initiation of corrective behavior on the part of the teacher, the ways in which he informed the students that an error had been committed as well as the effect of correction on the students' subsequent production. Some attention was also paid to the context in which explicit negative feedback was provided.

4. Results of the study

One of the most striking differences between the Polish and American teachers participating in this study was that the native speakers turned out to be much more tolerant of errors than their Polish counterparts, which is in accordance with the results of the studies discussed in one of the previous sections (Hughes and Lascaratou 1982; Davies 1983; Sheorey 1986). The analysis of the transcribed data revealed that while the Poles corrected 48.6% of the errors committed by their learners, the Peace Corps volunteers chose to provide corrective feedback on only 30.0% of the deviant forms in the students' speech. As could be expected, there was a lot of individual variation in both groups, with some Poles correcting as few as 30% of the errors and some Americans treating as many as 90%, which might indicate that the teachers' linguistic background and teaching experience were not the only variables that influenced correction rate. On the whole, the results of this quantitative analysis are consistent with the lea rners' perceptions of their teachers' corrective behavior since 39% of the students claimed that their Polish teachers frequently corrected their mistakes, whereas only 26% expressed a similar opinion of the Peace Corps volunteers. As for the teachers, the Poles proved to be quite accurate when it came to describing their attitudes to error treatment, since seven of them admitted that they often corrected their students' errors and the other three reported doing it from time to time. The situation looked much different for the Americans as, contrary to the findings presented above, half of them stated that they often reacted to their learners' mistakes and the other half claimed that they did it from time to time. One reason for this discrepancy DISCREPANCY. A difference between one thing and another, between one writing and another; a variance. (q.v.)
     2. Discrepancies are material and immaterial.
 could be the belief on the part of some of the Peace Corps volunteers that correction rate is the measure of the teacher's experience and competence, or simply their inability to objectively evaluate the classroom practices they employed.

In contrast to research findings reported above, the Polish and American teachers did not significantly differ in their preferences for correcting different types of errors, but in some cases the differences were quite unexpected. As can be seen from Table 1, there was some predictable but rather slight variation in the frequency with which both groups corrected lexical and phonological errors, but the most surprising finding was that the Americans treated more grammatical errors than the Poles. This might be the outcome of the fact that, quite unexpectedly, a few American teachers concentrated almost entirely on introducing and practicing grammatical structures, and doing related exercises, whereas only two or three lessons conducted by their Polish counterparts had such a clearly defined structural and activity-oriented focus. As was the case with the overall correction rate, the teachers' perceptions concerning the errors they were most likely to correct were somewhat inconsistent with the above findings. One example of this disparity dis·par·i·ty  
n. pl. dis·par·i·ties
1. The condition or fact of being unequal, as in age, rank, or degree; difference: "narrow the economic disparities among regions and industries" 
 is that only two American and as many as six Polish teachers reported correcting lexical errors on a regular basis, and, at the same time, all of the Poles and seven Peace Corps volunteers expressed their preference for treating grammatical errors. It should also be noted that half of the Polish and American teachers claimed that they were very likely to react to errors that block communication irrespective of irrespective of
Without consideration of; regardless of.

irrespective of
preposition despite 
 their nature, and that many of them added that whether or not corrective feedback was provided depended to a large extent on the focus of a given activity as well as the phase of a given lesson.

Since, as has been pointed out elsewhere, other-initiated other-repair is extremely rare in general conversation, it was assumed that the largely inexperienced in·ex·pe·ri·ence  
1. Lack of experience.

2. Lack of the knowledge gained from experience.

 Peace Corps volunteers would be much less likely than their Polish counterparts to correct the students errors in this manner. As shown in Table 2, this assumption proved to be erroneous in the case of the lessons analyzed for the purposes of the study because the American teachers were found to initiate and complete repair sequences by themselves 5.3% more often than the Poles. At the same time, the students self-corrected 2.1% more deviant forms in their output during the lessons conducted by the Poles than by the Americans, which might indicate that it was the former who were somewhat more likely to provide their learners with useful feedback on their production and, thus, to promote self-repair. It is also noteworthy that it was the students instructed by the Polish teachers who more frequently indicated the problems they were experiencing with som (1) (System Object Model) An object architecture from IBM that provides a full implementation of the CORBA standard. SOM is language independent and is supported by a variety of large compiler and application development vendors.  e grammatical structures or vocabulary, and were thus more successful in obtaining corrective feedback. Unexpected as they may be, the above differences are rather slight and show that the teacher's linguistic background and teaching experience had little influence on the provision of corrective feedback during the lessons analyzed for the purposes of this project. This finding was confirmed by the results of the student questionnaires, since the learners had similar perceptions concerning the opportunities they had for self-correction irrespective of who provided instruction. As for the teachers' perceptions of their own practices, they were mixed, with most Polish and American teachers reporting that they employed all types of repair depending on the nature of a particular error as well as the context in which it was committed.

Notwithstanding the above findings, the occurrence and scope of error correction were to a large extent determined by the format of a given lesson as well as the nature of the task that the students were requested to perform. Irrespective of their teaching experience and linguistic background, the teachers tended to be considerably more tolerant of errors when the focus of a given lesson or its phase was on a genuine exchange of ideas, and the students were expected to make frequent contributions to the ongoing discourse. In such cases, the provision of corrective feedback was mostly confined con·fine  
v. con·fined, con·fin·ing, con·fines
1. To keep within bounds; restrict: Please confine your remarks to the issues at hand. See Synonyms at limit.
 to lexical errors as well as errors that blocked communication, while grammatical and phonological problems in the students output received much less attention unless they were extremely serious. At the same time, form-focused and activity-oriented instruction was characterized by a high incidence of error correction, and it was mostly errors involving grammar and phonology phonology, study of the sound systems of languages. It is distinguished from phonetics, which is the study of the production, perception, and physical properties of speech sounds; phonology attempts to account for how they are combined, organized, and convey meaning  that were likely to be treated.

Such a differential approach can perhaps be attributed to the teachers' desire to provide the students with maximum practice opportunities during meaning-focused instruction, and it also indicates that a lack of experience does not affect the amount of correction when the focus is on practicing a grammatical structure or reading out some sentences form the textbook. A more practical reason for such a state of affairs might be that it was much more difficult to notice and correct mistakes when the teachers had to concentrate on the content rather than the formal aspects of the students' contributions in order to be able to follow up on their ideas as well as to control the direction of a given exchange. This task became even more complex when the learners produced lengthy utterances and the nature of their responses was unpredictable due to the local construction of discourse. In such cases, even if a student's response was fraught fraught  
1. Filled with a specified element or elements; charged: an incident fraught with danger; an evening fraught with high drama.

 with deviant forms, it was typically errors occurring at the end of a given seq uence or those that the students themselves attempted to self-correct that were most likely to be discerned and treated by the teacher. Despite such problems, however, a certain amount of corrective feedback within the context of genuine communication is clearly indispensable since, as research suggests, it enhances the quality of input and can sometimes help learners notice and eliminate deviant forms from their developing interlanguage systems (cf Lightbown 1992; Sharwood-Smith 1993; Long and Robinson 1998). Examples of the teachers' corrective feedback within the context of meaning- and form-focused instruction follow:

(1) ((a student talks about the role music plays in her life and even though her response contains a number of different errors, the teacher chooses to correct the one that occurs at the end of the utterance and that the student herself struggles with)

L. (..) and when I'm ... when I'm listening the music, I ... can, I can to say inspiration from this music ... so I can create something ... it's very nice to ... to listening the music when I'm doing something or ... but I think that the music have some ... had ... has something, have something

T. has, has

L. has some influence on my life

(2) ((a student talks about her impressions on hearing a piece of music and the teacher ignores all the errors she makes except a lexical one that causes a communication breakdown)

L. I saw that] a naked woman ... was (riding) the horses and she had long hair .. and they are on ... on the wind, they ... the hair

T. on the what?

L. on the (wings)

T. what?

L. she was on a horse

T. yes

L. and ... she had long hair

T. yeah

L. and the hair was ... I don't know Don't know (DK, DKed)

"Don't know the trade." A Street expression used whenever one party lacks knowledge of a trade or receives conflicting instructions from the other party.

T. waving

(3) ((students make sentences with will one by one and the teacher corrects many errors involving grammar in general and the target structure in particular)

L1. my mother will ... will be go in the church

L2. to the

T. will go TO church tonight ... mmh Agnieszka

L3. (..) I will have birthday ... my ... I will gratulate grat·u·late   Archaic
tr.v. grat·u·lat·ed, grat·u·lat·ing, grat·u·lates
To congratulate.

[Latin gr
 my friend tomorrow ... my brother day twentieth July /dzuli/ finished school

T. will finish school ... OK, Ania

When the teachers decided that they should react to some incorrect form in the learners' output, they usually did so immediately either by interrupting the flow of speech or waiting for the student to complete his turn. On a few occasions, however, the teachers chose to delay the treatment until the end of some activity, especially if it involved a genuine exchange of ideas, and then dealt with some more serious or persistent errors in more detail. This sometimes happened upon completion of pair or group work when the teacher wanted all the learners to benefit from his correction, and sometimes led to lengthy grammatical or lexical explanations. Quite surprisingly, it was two Peace Corps volunteers who were observed to devote parts of their lessons to special feedback sessions during which they instructed students to correct their peers' erroneous production that occurred during role plays or discussions. Although such delayed error treatment is perhaps less disruptive and it does not provide the negative aff ective feedback associated with immediate error correction, its effectiveness may be limited since the students' processing mechanisms are more likely to be activated when they receive negative evidence right after they have produced a deviant form (cf Long 1977).

As noted above, it was other-initiated other repair that predominated during the lessons investigated for the purposes of this study, which stands in contrast to what happens in naturalistic settings and is, therefore, frequently considered to have little value for language acquisition. Such a situation, however, is inevitable in the language classroom, where the teacher is usually the most proficient pro·fi·cient  
Having or marked by an advanced degree of competence, as in an art, vocation, profession, or branch of learning.

An expert; an adept.
 speaker of the target language and it is his responsibility to ultimately resolve communication breakdowns as well as to ensure the availability of high quality input that students can utilize in restructuring their grammars. Even though, for obvious reasons, it would be beneficial to provide students with opportunities to self-correct by repeating their faulty utterances, informing them of the commission of an error, or using clarification requests and confirmations checks, such practices are too time-consuming and too disruptive to be resorted to on a regular basis. Additionally, students frequently failed to successfully correct their faulty utterances in response to the teacher's prompts or questions, and, in the end, it was the teacher or a peer who had to supply the correct form. The indispensability of corrective feedback in an instructional setting as distinct from naturalistic contexts is further evidenced by the fact that the students relatively rarely initiated repair on their own and even when they did so, they were oftentimes of·ten·times   also oft·times
Frequently; repeatedly.

Adv. 1. oftentimes - many times at short intervals; "we often met over a cup of coffee"
frequently, oft, often, ofttimes
 unable to fix the problem. It should also be noted that the teacher was not the only source of negative evidence and that peer correction occurred quite frequently during the lessons analyzed for the purposes of this study. This type of corrective feedback commonly resulted from the teacher's general nomination, but there were also instances where the learners self-selected to correct or complete their peers' utterances that they perceived as lacking in some respects. The examples cited below illustrate some of these points:

(4) ((a student self-corrects after the teacher's prompt, but the utterance still contains a lexical error)

L.. they washed the boat

T. they?

L. they watched the boat ... on the

T. ... on the sea

(5) ((a student modifies his utterance as a result of the teacher's clarification request)

L. we don't have official results /rezults/

T. (...) you don't have what?

L. official charts

(6) ((a student fails to replace the incorrect vocabulary item in response to a clarification request and the teacher fixes the problem)

L. the problem is that in a small town in north of England ... called Blackthorpe ... there is a big international factory Technotronics which employees over [twelve hundred

T. which what?] ... (2) which emp-

L. employees

T. employs

(7) ((a students fails to self-correct in response to the teacher's indication that an error has been committed and a peer treats the error of his own accord; the teacher confirms the correction)

L1. so when he was eleven years ... ah ... ah

T. do we say eleven years? (...) when he was eleven?

L1. years

L2. old

L1. old

T. years old or when he was eleven (...)

(8) ((the teacher nominates a student to treat an error committed by her peer)

L1. small, smallger, the smallgest

T. no, listen to ... to ... to ... to the adjective adjective, English part of speech, one of the two that refer typically to attributes and together are called modifiers. The other kind of modifier is the adverb.  again, well, small ... (3) Magda

L2. small, smaller, the smallest

T. yes, repeat Joan

(9) ((a student notices a mistake and attempts to correct his utterance, but he is unsuccessful and the teacher steps in)

L. when I was in home Malwina ... home Malwina

T. Malwina's home

One measure of the effectiveness of the provision of corrective feedback is the extent to which the teachers' or peers' corrections are likely to be incorporated into the learners' subsequent production. Although there was much variation during the lessons recorded for the purposes of this study, such incorporation appeared to be largely dependent on the intentions of the teacher, the source and type of treatment, the context in which it took place as well as the student's awareness of the incorrectness of the form he produced. In many cases, the teachers did not provide the students with ample time to process the feedback they received, and immediately followed their correction with a question directed at another learner. There were also instances where, presumably for fear of providing negative affective feedback, the teachers did not even indicate that an error had been committed and treated it implicitly by repeating the student's utterance and continuing their elicitation e·lic·it  
tr.v. e·lic·it·ed, e·lic·it·ing, e·lic·its
a. To bring or draw out (something latent); educe.

b. To arrive at (a truth, for example) by logic.

 or explanation. On the other han d, the students were more likely to modify their output when the teacher provided them with the correct form only after an attempt at negotiation had been made, or when they had noticed the problem themselves and started the repair sequence of their own volition vo·li·tion
1. The act or an instance of making a conscious choice or decision.

2. A conscious choice or decision.

3. The power or faculty of choosing; the will.
. Additionally, incorporation of corrective feedback was extremely likely to occur when it was a peer rather than the teacher who corrected a mistake, and when the treatment was provided within the context of a genuine exchange of ideas. Undeniably, such immediate modifications of the students' utterances do not necessarily indicate that the students internalize internalize

To send a customer order from a brokerage firm to the firm's own specialist or market maker. Internalizing an order allows a broker to share in the profit (spread between the bid and ask) of executing the order.
 the form in question, which is reflected in the fact that on some occasions a student repeated the same mistake in a different phase of the lesson.

5. Final remarks and conclusions

As the above discussion demonstrates, there were relatively few significant differences between the Polish and American teachers with regard to providing corrective feedback, the only exception being the differential correction rate for both groups. In fact, the teachers' linguistic background and the length of teaching experience appeared to have only a marginal impact on the nature and focus of repair, which clearly runs counter to some of the available research findings. Apparently, the incidence and character of corrective feedback must have also been considerably influenced by the teachers' beliefs concerning the teaching-learning situation which might reflect, among other things, their experiences as language learners and instructors, their methodological preferences, the training they received as well as personality factors (cf. Richards and Lockhart 1994).

A far more important conclusion to be drawn from the analysis presented in the preceding section appears to be that the process of error correction is so complex, and it involves such a diversity of behaviors on the part of the teachers and their students that its value for the process of instructed language acquisition is extremely difficult to pinpoint. It seems warranted to assume, however, that the provision of a certain amount of corrective feedback is clearly necessary in the language classroom, where communication breakdowns are bound to occur and the incorrect production on the part of some students may serve as input for their peers. This position seems to be particularly valid in the foreign language context, where the learners have little if any exposure to the target language outside the classroom and the hypotheses they form are largely affected by their peers' linguistic production as well as the teacher's reaction to it. It should also be borne in mind that explicit negative evidence plays an i mportant role in bringing the students' attention to the deviant variants in their output and, thus, can significantly contribute to reconstructing their inter language systems. Even though, as a number of researchers argue (e.g., Long 1991; Doughty dough·ty  
adj. dough·ti·er, dough·ti·est
Marked by stouthearted courage; brave.

[Middle English, from Old English dohtig; see dheugh- in Indo-European roots.
 and Williams 1998; Long and Robinson 1998), it is implicit negative evidence in the form of clarification requests, confirmation checks or recasts that leads learners to self-correct, and is therefore more effective in getting them to notice the gaps in their linguistic knowledge, such a course of action might not always be an option for the teacher. Invaluable as the resulting negotiation of form and meaning seems to be for language acquisition, it is extremely time-consuming and can only infrequently in·fre·quent  
1. Not occurring regularly; occasional or rare: an infrequent guest.

 be drawn upon when language instruction is limited to just a few hours a week. Also, as can be seen from the analysis of the data, students oftentimes fail to self-correct when repair is initiated by the teacher and, in such cases, the provision of explicit negative evidence might in fact be the only viable alternative.

Obviously, if these benefits are to be fully exploited, the amount and nature of corrective feedback should be geared to the format of a particular lesson, the task at hand as well as the needs of the learners. This is because the complexity of classroom discourse makes it virtually impossible to come up with a set of guidelines guidelines, a set of standards, criteria, or specifications to be used or followed in the performance of certain tasks.
 that can be followed in all contexts and circumstances and, therefore, it is for the teacher to decide how much corrective feedback should be provided in a given situation, what errors should be targeted and what form error treatment should take to best assist students in moving along the interlanguage continuum.
Table 1

Corrections of different types of errors as provided by Polish and
American teachers

Error type       Polish teachers        American teachers
               N         %          N           %

Content       122       17.9       64          17.3
Phonological  197       28.9       88          23.6
Lexical       87        12.8       70          18.8
Grammatical   218       32.9       128         34.3
Discourse     58         8.5       22           6.0

Total         682       100        372         100

Table 2

Type of repair of learners' errors in lessons conducted by Polish and
American teachers

Repair type             Polish teachers           American teachers
                  N                  %         N

Self-initiated   31                 4.6       5
Other-initiated  77                 11.2      34
Other-initiated  574                84.2      333

Total            682                100       372

Repair type       American

Self-initiated    1.4
Other-initiated   9.1
Other-initiated  89.5

Total             100

(1.) The distinction introduced by Corder (1967) notwithstanding, the terms "error" and "mistake" are used interchangeably INTERCHANGEABLY. Formerly when deeds of land were made, where there Were covenants to be performed on both sides, it was usual to make two deeds exactly similar to each other, and to exchange them; in the attesting clause, the words, In witness whereof the parties have hereunto  throughout this paper with no theoretical implications intended.

(2.) As Schegloff, Jefferson and Sacks (1977) found, other-initiated self-repair is also common here, but in such cases a confirmation check or a clarification request on the part of the listener is usually preceded by a pause and uttered in a way indicating uncertainty. This is because unmodulated repair-initiation is often associated with disagreement and might constitute a face threat to the original speaker. Schegloff et al. conclude that: "self-correction and other correction are not alternatives. Rather, the organization of repair in conversation provides centrally for self-correction, which can be arrived at by the alternative routes of self-initiation and other initiation -- routes which are themselves so organized as to favor self-initiated self-repair" (1977: 377).

(3.) It may also be relevant that students display an overall positive attitude towards error treatment and usually expect more correction than they are provided with in both communicative and form-focused activities (cf. Cathcart and Olsen 1976; Chenoweth et al. 1983). It was also found, however, that when teachers attempted to take these preferences into account, most students found the ensuing en·sue  
intr.v. en·sued, en·su·ing, en·sues
1. To follow as a consequence or result. See Synonyms at follow.

2. To take place subsequently.
 interaction unacceptable (Cathcart and Olsen 1976).

(4.) The distinction between cognitive and affective feedback was made by Vigil vigil (vĭj`əl) [Lat.,=watch], in Christian calendars, eve of a feast, a day of penitential preparation. In ancient times worshipers gathered for vespers before a great feast and then waited outside the church until dawn for the liturgy (Mass).  and Oller (1976). The former refers to the positive or negative information about the target language forms and the latter concerns the motivational support with which interlocutors provide each other during a conversation. The two types of feedback interact and influence the learners' efforts to attempt revision of their production.

(5.) There is considerable disagreement among researchers over whether this lack of systematicity in providing feedback is desirable. Long (1977), for instance, argues that teachers should be more consistent if they do not wish to confuse con·fuse  
v. con·fused, con·fus·ing, con·fus·es
a. To cause to be unable to think with clarity or act with intelligence or understanding; throw off.

 their students. Allwright (1975), on the other hand, suggests that inconsistency in·con·sis·ten·cy  
n. pl. in·con·sis·ten·cies
1. The state or quality of being inconsistent.

2. Something inconsistent: many inconsistencies in your proposal.
 is inevitable and beneficial as it reflects the efforts on the part of the teachers to cater for the needs of individual students.

(6.) According to according to
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.

2. In keeping with: according to instructions.

 Davies (1983), however, the decisions non-native speakers make concerning the provision of explicit corrective feedback are likely to be influenced by a number of factors relating to relating to relate prepconcernant

relating to relate prepbezüglich +gen, mit Bezug auf +acc 
 the particular context in which they operate. Consequently, their judgements will be based on their background knowledge of the syllabus A headnote; a short note preceding the text of a reported case that briefly summarizes the rulings of the court on the points decided in the case.

The syllabus appears before the text of the opinion.
 and the textbook used by the learners, as well as explicit knowledge Explicit knowledge is knowledge that has been or can be articulated, codified, and stored in certain media. It can be readily transmitted to others. The most common forms of explicit knowledge are manuals, documents and procedures. Knowledge also can be audio-visual.  of their mother tongue.

(7.) The distinction between global and local errors was made by Burt and Kiparsky (1972). Global errors can be defined as those affecting overall sentence organization and include wrong word order, missing or wrongly placed sentence connectors, and syntactic Dealing with language rules (syntax). See syntax.  overgeneralizations. Local errors, on the other hand, affect single elements in a sentence and include, for example, errors in morphology morphology

In biology, the study of the size, shape, and structure of organisms in relation to some principle or generalization. Whereas anatomy describes the structure of organisms, morphology explains the shapes and arrangement of parts of organisms in terms of such
 or morphological functors.

(8.) Three of the ten teachers also claimed to have completed some EFL EFL - Extended Fortran Language  courses hack in the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area.  as part of their college education. As one of hem put it, however, they were not "very relevant".

(9.) Obviously, the concept of teaching experience is arbitrary and it could well be argued that it takes much more or much less than 5 years to become an experienced language teacher. Some decision had to be made, however, and what counts here is that there is a considerable difference in this respect between the Polish and American teachers taking part in this study.

(10.) Naturally, since the questionnaires were designed to elicit e·lic·it  
tr.v. e·lic·it·ed, e·lic·it·ing, e·lic·its
a. To bring or draw out (something latent); educe.

b. To arrive at (a truth, for example) by logic.

 data on a number of facets of classroom discourse, only a few questions were related to error correction.

(11.) While qualitative analysis was applied to all the sixty lessons recorded and observed in this project, only forty of them were analyzed quantitatively. The main reason for such a decision was the fact that, in many cases, two of the three lessons recorded for one teacher were almost the same except that they were taught to different groups of students, and the outcomes of qualitative analysis suggested that few if any differences were to be expected as far as the occurrence of the phenomenon under investigation was concerned.

(12.) This analysis excluded the errors that the learners themselves detected in their speech, and that they subsequently successfully corrected without any intervention on the part of the teacher or their peers. Such a decision was connected with the fact that self-initiated self-repair is a reflection of the students' monitoring skills rather than the teacher's preferences concerning error correction and, therefore, its inclusion might have somewhat distorted the results of the analysis.

(13.) For the purposes of this study errors were classified as (1) content when a student failed to provide an answer to a question about a text he was supposed to read, provided some information that was known to be incorrect, or failed to provide a form that he had previously been taught, (2) phonological, which included only the instances when the students' rendition ren·di·tion  
1. The act of rendering.

2. An interpretation of a musical score or a dramatic piece.

3. A performance of a musical or dramatic work.

4. A translation, often interpretive.
 of a given segment or stress was totally dissimilar to the target model, and excluded errors involving rhythm and intonation intonation

In phonetics, the melodic pattern of an utterance. Intonation is primarily a matter of variation in the pitch level of the voice (see tone), but in languages such as English, stress and rhythm are also involved.
 as too intangible, (3) lexical when a student used a word or phrase erroneously er·ro·ne·ous  
Containing or derived from error; mistaken: erroneous conclusions.

[Middle English, from Latin err
, or failed to complete his utterance because he did not recall the requisite vocabulary item, (4) grammatical including both morphological and syntactic errors, and (5) discourse when a student spoke too silently, used his mother tongue in situations where the target language was required or provided an incomplete, but semantically clear response. The classification was not always easy as the distinctions between some error types were oftenti mes extremely subtle and their ultimate classification seemed to be the function of the focus of teacher's corrective feedback rather than the nature of the deviant variant produced by the student.


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1. Of, relating to, or characteristic of pedagogy.

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1. To make angry; irritate.

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To become infuriated.

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The study of the influence of psychological factors on the development, use, and interpretation of language.
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1. To convert into a fossil.

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